Richard is 53, married to Deni McQueen for 31 years and loving it! They have 3 children: Travis, Lindsey, Brian and Lexie. Grand children: Hagen and Saylor. Richard works at HAFB for Systems Implementers as a computer programmer. Richard was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lived in Layton the last 10 years.
Here are a few facts about Richard when we asked him about running:
Years running: Three. I've only really been running since April of 2006 when I finally got sick of being fat and decide to train for a Marathon.
Weekly mileage: 20 to 40 miles in the summer. A lot less in the winter.
Favorite race distance or race: Marathon but after running the OV50, Marathons have lost a lot of allure.
PR's - (5K, 10K, ½, mara, Ultra) or proudest running accomplishment: Last year was my best year running by far. I lost 45 pounds doing the HCG diet 4 times and broke 4 hours in a marathon for the first time at Deseret (3:51:55).Five weeks later I ran the Mesa Falls Marathon in 3:37:27 and missed qualifying for Boston by a minute and 27 seconds but 3 weeks later I qualified at the Salmon Idaho Marathon running 3:28:37. Three weeks after that I ran the St George Marathon in 3:17:49 my best ever by far. But my proudest accomplishment was 3 weeks later running the OV50 in 8:53:04, because I didn't know if I could do it.
Favorite training run: I ran the Grand Canyon from the North Rim to the river and back the day after Thanksgiving. I want to do a R2R2R this spring. I fell in love with that run. It's beautiful and tough!
Why run - (motivation, inspiration): Stay in shape and not get fat again.
Goals: Qualify at Boston for Boston this year and run more 50 milers. Maybe a hundred miles some day.
Favorite music to run to: I like the older stuff, ZZ TOP is one of my favorites but I like all the old rock and roll. I like country too.
Favorite running gear - (shoes, apparel, etc.): Asics for roads and La Sportiva for trails. I like Nathan for hydration and race ready shorts because I can put stuff in the pockets. I love the new First Endurance EFS liquid shots. Gels gag me.
Best advice you've been given as a runner: If something hurts run through it because something else will hurt worse soon. J
Best motivational quote: I run a lot of quotes through my head while running to keep me going. Things like: "Pain is temporary, glory last for ever." "It doesn't hurt any more to run fast than it does to run slow, so run faster." "Show a little self discipline." "Can you run a little harder?" "Can you run a little longer?" "Just do it." As you can see I need a lot of help!
Your role model: Probably my brother Jim who got me running. He is a really motivated person and never gives up in anything.
Favorite food: Pasta no surprise there.
Hobbies or interests other than running: Golf. I got my handicap down to a 1.6 a few years ago but that still wasn't good enough to compete with the kids and it takes a lot of time and practice to maintain something like that. Now I'm a 7.
Anything else the world might want to know about you: If John at Striders can run a 100 miler, I wonder if I can? He's a stud and was my motivation to run the OV50, but he doesn't know it.